Sebastian Izzard LLC held two exhibitions in fall 2014: one at their gallery coincided with New York's Asia Week in September, and the other at the third Frieze Masters fair, Regent's Park, London, in October.
Osaka Prints from the Collection of the Late Dr. Martin Levitz.
The exhibition was held at the gallery, 17 E 76th Street, September 15-20, 2014. Born in Brooklyn in 1924, Dr. Levitz served as an airplane radio operator in China, Burma, and India during World War II, after which he studied medicine in Switzerland. He became a renowned collector and scholar of Japanese prints. His collection of over 500 prints, assembled over a period of several decades, is focused on the world of Kabuki and Bunraku (puppet theater) in Osaka in the first half of the Nineteenth Century. The exhibition featured a selection from the collection including several magnificent half-length portraits of actors and elaborately conceived surimono-style depictions of Kabuki stars in their leading roles.
Sebastian Izzard LLC presented fine and rare Japanese art of the 17th through 19th centuries at Frieze Masters 2014 in London, October 15-19.
Highlights included a highly important and rare pair of six-panel screens--rakuchu rakugai zu--dating to the first quarter of the 17th century formerly in the collection of the Manno Art Museum in Osaka. An extremely rare set of five Nabeshima porcelain dishes decorated with a stylized cloud and cherry blossom design from the early 18th century was also featured. The dishes were acquired in Japan around 1898-99 by James Alexander Scrymser (1839-1918), and have remained with his descendants until the present day. Rounding out the exhibition was a group of important Japanese color woodblock prints and paintings of the ukiyo-e school.
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